VALVERDE DE HAMUSCO, JUAN. Historia de la composicion del cuerpo humano. Rome: Antonio Salamanca and Antonio Lafreri 1556.
FIRST EDITION, engraved title within architectural border and figures, 42 engraved anatomical plates by Nicolo Beatrici after drawings by Gaspar Becerra who directly copied 38 of Vesalius's plates (one plate, the muscle man holding his own skin, is said to be derived from Michelangelo's painting in the Sistine Chapel), historiated woodcut initials. Some dampstaining at edges, many leaves quite badly stained, lacks 2 blank leaves at end, 2 plates torn. Rare.
Cushing Vesalius VI.D.32; NLM/Durling 4530; Palau 349366; Waller 9805.
BARBARO, DANIELLO. La Pratica della Perspettiva. Venice: Camillo & Rutilio Borgominieri 1568.
FIRST EDITION, woodcut title-border of perspective wreath, numerous woodcut diagrams and illustrations of plan, elevation and perspective studies, historiated initials and geometric headpieces. Title-leaf barely cropped, some dampstaining at end.
Only part of the edition was issued with the perspective title-border, the other part was issued with a conventional title-page. It reproduces Dürer's perspective work. "Barbaro...mentions the camera obscura fitted with a bi-convex lens. [He] introduces a novelty--the use of a diaphragm to sharpen the image. This is the first mention of a device essential in photography"--Gernsheim, History of Photography, p. 22.
Adams B-170; Berlin Katalog 5694; Fowler 36; Harvard/Mortimer Italian 39.
[Bound at front:]
BAROZZI, GIACOMO, called VIGNOLA. Regla de las cinco ordenes de Architectura...Agora de nuevo traduzido de Toscano en Romance por Patritio Caxesi Florentino. Madrid: En casa del Autor en la calle de la chruz 1593.
First Edition in Spanish, 45 numbered folios comprising engraved title (fol. I), 4 pp. letterpress dedication to the reader and privilege (fols. II and III) and 42 full-page engraved plates with engraved text numbered IIII to XXXXV. Some dampstaining at edges.
Cf. Berlin Katalog 2579 and Palau 364889 note.
Folio, 290 x 203mm. (11 3/8 x 7 7/8in.), Spanish sixteenth-century blindstamped calf over wooden boards [cf. Foot. Davis Gift, I, 20 and p. 265], upper joint split and a small piece of the backstrip lost, lacks clasps, minor restoration, endpapers renewed.
Provenance: A. Kuhnholtz-Lordat, bookplate; Juan Carlos Ahumada, bookplate; library stamp at end of the Valverde and the Barozzi; the present owner.